James A. Wells, Ph.D. Dr. Wells received a B.A. degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Washington State University with Dr. Ralph Yount. He is a joint Professor in the Departments of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Chair of the Department.
His current research uses a combination of protein design and small molecule drug discovery to study and modulate cellular processes involved in apoptosis and inflammation. Some of his awards include: the Hans Neurath and Aviv Awards given by the Protein Society, the Pfizer Award given by the American Chemical Society, the du Vignead Award given by the Peptide Society, and in 1999 was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. See www.wellslab.ucsf.edu for more details.